Manuel Orazi’s Fleurs du Mal

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This collection of Baudelaire’s poems with illustrations by French artist Manuel Orazi (1860–1934) didn’t turn up when I was searching for illustrated editions a few years ago. With over 50 full-page drawings or vignettes it’s more profusely illustrated than most. It’s also more determinedly erotic than most, concentrating on depictions of female flesh at the expense of the poet’s other themes; Orazi’s fleurs on the title pages are a succession of priapic or vaginal orchids and fungi. The book was published in 1934, which means it was probably the last thing that Orazi worked on, but it resembles something from the fin de siècle, especially the work of Félicien Rops. Browse it or download it here.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Calendrier Magique
Victor Delhez’s Fleurs du Mal
Raphaël Drouart’s Fleurs du Mal
Tony George-Roux’s Fleurs du Mal
Percy Walter Wolff’s Die Vorhölle
La Morphine by Victorien du Saussay
The art of Mario Laboccetta
Manuel Orazi’s Salomé
La belle sans nom
Carlos Schwabe’s Fleurs du Mal

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